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Title:Sacred spaces and contested identities: space and ritual dynamics in Europe and Africa
Editors:Post, PaulISNI
Nel, PhilipISNI
Beek, Walter vanISNI
Year:2014
Pages:393
Language:English
City:Trenton, NJ
Publisher:Africa World Press
ISBN:1592219543; 9781592219544; 1592219551; 9781592219551
Geographic terms:Africa
South Africa
Europe
Subjects:shrines
identity
rituals
Abstract:This volume analyses the relationship between sacred space, identity, contested ownership and boundaries of the sacred in Africa and Europe, notably South Africa and the Netherlands. Contributions: Introduction: dynamics of construction of the sacred (Paul Post, Walter van Beek & Philip Nel); Addendum: site descriptions of the sacred sites of Eastern Free State (Stephanie Cawood & John Moephuli); Part I, Sacred space and the demarcation of identities: Identity and sacred places (Walter van Beek); Shrines and sacred places in two traditional West-African religions (Walter van Beek);Sacred space and the ritual of the anthill: southern African reflections (Mogomme Masoga & Philip Nel); Sacred sites and spiritual power: one angel, two sites, many spirits (Cas Wepener & Gerrie Ter Haar); Finding a place for religion: the contested position of traditional Dutch religion in a Dutch suburb (Inez Schippers); The making of Eastern Free State pilgrimage (Shirley du Plooy). Part II, Sacred space and contested ownership: Ownership of the sacred: complex claims and appropriations (Philip Nel); 'The broken man': the Harmelen railway disaster memorial: an example of a 'postponed' and contested memorial (Laurie M.C. Faro); Economic versus symbolic ownership of sacred sites in the Eastern Free State: contestations of the sacred (Philip Nel); Distance and proximity: abbeys as contested sites (Louis van Tongeren); The rhetoric of ritual: sacred sites and the oral tradition in the Mohakare Valley (South Africa) (Stephanie Cawood); Hagiography in the contestation of shared space and the cult of Sari Saltik (Balkans) (Robert Logan Sparks)'. Part III, Contested boundaries of the sacred: Complexity and conflict: the contemporary European church building as ambiguous sacred space (Paul Post); Constructing 'national' sacred space(s) - notes, queries and positions: the case of the South African Freedom Park monument (Mogomme A. Masoga); African spirituality and space (Philip Nel); Pop and rock festivals as sacred sites: behavioral and spatial approaches of festival - place - religion (Heleen Kommers & Martin Hoondert); 'The streets of Gouda are our Jerusalem!': a popular passion performed in the market square of a Dutch city (Martin Hoondert & Mirella Klomp); Sacred space, deity's face: 'Sattvicification' as a strategy to set up and maintain the Shree Raam Mandir in Wijchen as a sacred site (Albertina Nugteren); From site to site: the digital monument to the Jewish community in the Netherlands (Cecile Post). [ASC Leiden abstract]
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